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Simi Valley residents spoke to NBC LA about what's being calling a heroin "epidemic" in their middle and upper-middle class region. Some community members said they moved to the area to avoid "big city problems," but after 14 people died of heroin overdoses last year, it was time to search for solutions. Drug experts say a heroin epidemic in a place like Simi Valley often begins with children taking prescription medications found in their homes. They move on to other drugs when, according to local parent Michael Cook, they realize that "heroin is a lot cheaper and a lot easier to get." Community members and parents met Monday to discuss the critical situation at a city council meeting.
A Fremont High School teacher aide was arrested Monday for sexual contact with a 15-year-old student, another in a string of arrests in recent weeks within LAUSD.
The FBI confirmed on Tuesday Alain Salas was arrested on campus, making it the third such arrest in recent weeks in the nation's second-largest school district. An FBI spokeswoman says he was booked for investigation of contact with a minor with intent to commit a sexual offense.
Salas, whose age hasn't been released, was expected to be charged by L.A. County prosecutors, AP reports.
Superintendent John Deasy says the FBI informed LAUSD that the man was arrested during a child sex investigation, but he's not providing details to the AP.
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Matt Groening, creator of "The Simpsons" and recent $500,000 donor to UCLA's School of Film, Theater and Television, will be honored Tuesday with star no. 2,459 on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Groening's sidewalk homage to celestial gas will be located at 7021 Hollywood Blvd, not far from the star of his famous Springfield family.
The ceremony for the 12-time Emmy Award winner begins at 11:30 a.m. and will be hosted by Hollywood Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Leron Gubler. Guest speakers Hank Azaria (aka: Moe, Chief Wiggum, many more) and Yeardley Smith (voice of Lisa Simpson) will also be at the event.
Groening moved to Los Angeles in 1977 and began channelling his city stress into Binky, a rabbit cartoon featured in his "Life In Hell" comics. James L. Brooks approached the cartoonist in 1987 about an animated short stint on "The Tracey Ullman Show."
Showbiz trade Variety will be settling its long-running lawsuit against O.C. punk band The Vandals.
The newspaper initially came after the group for their use of lettering on the 2004 "Hollywood Potato Chip" album cover, claiming it resembled their trademarked logo.
The band changed the cover and agreed to pay $50,000 and attorneys' fees if the artwork should ever resurface. In 2010, lawyers for Variety sued the band, claiming they had breached the deal when images appeared on various websites.
Joe Escalante, the Vandals' bassist/lawyer, told the Hollywood Reporter that this "crash course in federal court litigation" was the worst thing "that's ever happened to me, and to the band, and the hardest thing I've ever done."
Escalante claimed the band wasn't behind the website postings and openly spoke out against Variety's lawyers on the band's website:
Artist Whitney Houston performs onstage at the 37th Annual American Music Awards on Nov. 22, 2009 in Los Angeles.
At a press conference Monday morning, police talked about all the things they will not talk about regarding Whitney Houston, and confirmed few details in the investigation of her tragic death.
Beverly Hills Police Department spokesman Lt. Mark Rosen said many rumors were circulating, but that he did not know where they were originating.
At this time, said Rosen, they are not conducting a homicide or criminal investigation, but noted they were not ruling out anything.
He said authorities are proceeding with an active, sealed death investigation, calling it a coroner's case. Said Rosen, "We do not know the cause of death," asserting that the investigation is BHPD procedure based on Houston's age, not her "celebrity or notoriety."
He also confirmed she had been moved by the person or persons who found her, and not by Beverly Hilton hotel security or paramedics.